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September 3, 2021

Best Sony LED TV 2021: In budget and smart

Sony makes some of the best LED TV around. While we would always advise brand agnosticism, it’s natural to want to stick with what you know – so if you’re happy with your current Sony TV, you came to the right place. We’ve rounded up the best Sony TVs available right now between 49- and 65-inches, drawing on our extensive library of reviews.

Sony has it all, including 4K models that use both LCD and more modern OLED panel technology. The Japanese giant even offers 8K sets, if you’re ready to make the leap. All of the below TVs also offer HDR support. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and is a way of showing the differences between light and dark parts of the picture, meaning a more detailed image. Sony’s sets support various HDR formats, including HLG, HDR10 and Dolby Vision, but not HDR10+.

Sony TVs tend to use Google’s Android TV operating system, which supports all the major streaming apps including Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, Apple TV+ and Google Play Movies & TV. There’s also voice controls, so you should be able to say, “Ok Google, find action movies” to search across your favourite apps.

1. Sony XR-55A90J

The best TV you can buy right now, Sony or otherwise

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen size: 55in (also available in 65in, 83in) | Type: OLED | Backlight: not applicable | Resolution: 4K | HDR formats supported: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | Operating system: Google TV | HDMI inputs: 4 | ARC/eARC: eARC | Optical output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 71 x 122 x 4.1cm

Reasons to Buy

Outstanding picture quality
Superb motion handling
Impressive sound
 

Reasons to Avoid

No VRR (yet), buggy [email protected]
Missing UK catch-up apps
Expensive
 

2. Sony KD-48A9

Sony’s first 48-inch OLED TV is extraordinarily good.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen size: 48in | Type: OLED | Backlight: not applicable | Resolution: 4K | HDR formats supported: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | Operating system: Android TV 9 | HDMI inputs: 4 | ARC/eARC: eARC | Optical output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 62 x 107 x 5.8cm

Reasons to Buy

Striking picture
Bold sound
Solid app selection

Reasons to Avoid

Expensive
Lacks next-gen HDMI features
 

3. Sony KD-65XH9005

One of the best performance-per-pound Sony TVs you can buy in 2021.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen size: 65in | Type: LCD | Backlight: Full array | Resolution: 4K | HDR formats supported: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | Operating system: Android TV 9 | HDMI inputs: 4 | ARC/eARC: eARC | Optical output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 83.3 x 145 x 7cm

Reasons to Buy

Superb HDR
Colours pop
Excellent motion processing

Reasons to Avoid

Lightweight sound
Could be more PS5-ready
 

4. Sony KD-55A8

This OLED is one of the best Sony TVs we’ve tested recently.

SPECIFICATIONS

Resolution: 4K | Screen type: OLED | Operating system: Android TV | HDR formats: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI: 4 | USB: 3 | Optical: 1 | Dimensions: 122.7 x 71.2 x 5.2 cm (w/out stand)

Reasons to Buy

Natural and authentic picture
Superb motion handling
Crisp, involving sound

Reasons to Avoid

High-contrast images lack punch
Lacking next-gen HDMI features
 

5. Sony KD-49XH9505

A brilliant Sony TV that sets the benchmark for all 49in sets.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen type: LCD with direct LED backlight | Resolution: 4K | Operating system: Google Android TV 9 | HDR support: HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG | HDMI inputs: 4 | USB inputs: 3 | Optical output: 1 | Dimensions (HWD, with stand): 109.3 x 69.9 x 26.1cm

Reasons to Buy

Punchy, rich picture performance
Vastly improved sound
Snappy user experience

Reasons to Avoid

Same design as last year
Some backlight bloom
 

6. Sony KD-49XG9005

A great Sony TV for when space is at a premium.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen type: LCD with edge LED backlight | Resolution: 4K | Operating system: Google Android TV | HDR support: HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG | HDMI inputs: 4 | USB inputs: 3 | Optical output: 1 | Dimensions (HWD, with stand): 109.3 x 69.9 x 27.4cm

Reasons to Buy

Crisp and punchy picture
Excellent motion
Solid sound

Reasons to Avoid

Blacks could be deeper
 
Sony makes some of the best LED TV around.

7. Sony KD-65XF9005

Impressive features and excellent picture quality give this Sony TV serious appeal.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen type: LCD with direct LED backlight | Resolution: 4K | Operating system: Google Android TV | HDR support: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision (via later update) | HDMI inputs: 4 | USB inputs: 3 | Optical output: 1 | Dimensions (HWD, with stand): 89.8×144.7×29.7cm

Reasons to Buy

Fantastic detail
Stunning but natural colours
Clear sound

Reasons to Avoid

Minor backlight blooming
Bass-light audio
Can be beaten for viewing angles
 

8. Sony KD-75ZH8

Sony’s most affordable 8K TV yet delivers bags of detail and great sound.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen type: LCD w/ direct LED backlight | Resolution: 8K | Operating system: Android TV 9.0 | HDR support: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 4 | USB inputs: 3 | Optical output: 1 | Dimensions (HWD, with stand): 122.6×191.3×43.2cm

Reasons to Buy

Bright and punchy picture
Superb colours and motion
Impressive sound

Reasons to Avoid

Blooming around bright highlights
Plays even less 8K than rivals
Missing some HDMI features
 
Sony makes some of the best LED TV around.

9. Sony KD-75ZF9

A massive 4K Sony TV with suitably top-of-the-range performance.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen type: LCD with direct LED backlight | Resolution: 4K | Operating system: Google Android TV | HDR support: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 4 | USB inputs: 3 | Optical output: 1 | Dimensions (HWD, with stand): 103.9×167.6×39.9cm

Reasons to Buy

Natural, realistic images
Good upscaling
Excellent selection of apps

Reasons to Avoid

Lacks brightness and black depth
Uneven backlighting
 

10. Sony KD-65AG9

A talented Sony TV, especially where sound quality is concerned.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen type: OLED | Resolution: 4K | Operating system: Google Android TV | HDR support: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 4 | USB inputs: 3 | Optical output: 1 | Dimensions (HWD, with stand): 71.4×122.6×25.5cm

Reasons to Buy

Detailed, natural image
Impressive SDR performance
Excellent sound

Reasons to Avoid

HDR lacks sparkle
Tricky to tweak
Processing too prominent
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